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2016 River Reports Archive


River Report - December 8, 2016

Good news and happy day.  I guess my last report was just a bit premature.  I talked, last week, about how I’d passed on a good number of one and a half year old bucks and w
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River Report - November 28, 2016

It’s been a turbulent 2016 Deer Rifle Season here in Northern Michigan.  The thermometer in my truck read temperatures from seventy degrees all the way down to a chilly, nine deg
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River Report - November 19, 2016

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks in the woods.  I’ve been neck deep in one last push for grouse and thick in a battle of wits with bucks from my bow stand.  I had a p
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River Report - November 4, 2016

Hate to see October slip by.  I wish there were at least two of them.  I’d say six, but there’s no sense in getting greedy, I guess.

That said, November is no slouc
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River Report - October 26, 2016

And just like that, it is prime time Fall.

I took a week off just as colors were changing and a handful of days later the trees hit peak blaze and in a blink the leaves started t
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River Report - October 13, 2016

The Fall has continued its warm and wet trend, and while that’s been great for games under the Friday night lights and for folks trying to squeeze just a little more Summer-like fun o
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River Report - October 7, 2016

It’s been a warm, wet Fall so far.  That makes for some soaked bird britches, bird dogs, and the never totally waterproof, and too expensive “waterproof” boots.  It has
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River Report - October 1, 2016

Spent three fine Fall days sitting on the Fly Shop bench.  It’s shoulder lowering to take a few days and spend them in the woods and waters of Northern Michigan with friends and
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River Report - September 16, 2016

On September fifteenth I was awake at four a.m. and just couldn’t force myself back to sleep.  The opening day of grouse season is one of my favorites of the year.  A dog on
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River Report - September 8, 2016

The great migration has begun.  Many thousands of cars, trucks, and SUV’s hit the blacktop trail after the holiday weekend and flowed southward from their Summer grounds.  F
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River Report - September 2, 2016

It’s hard to believe that another fine Michigan Summer is nearly in the books—it’s been a good one.  The River has treated us allvery well this season.  There were lots
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River Report - August 23, 2016

The rains came and all is well in the Au Sable River Valley.  Perhaps the best aspect of life in Northern Michigan is in the weather changes.  That is, at least, when the chan
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River Report - August 11, 2016

Trout like it cold, dark, and wet.  We don’t have much of that in the heat of August here in the Au Sable River Valley.  But we’ve been fortunate enough this season to hav
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River Report - August 4, 2016

You just gotta love Northern Michigan.  We’ve been vacillating between hot, sunny days best suited for beach blankets, blow up toys, and water fights and with cooler fall-like, c
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River Report - July 21, 2016

The dog days of Summer can make trout fishing tough.  But we have yet to experience those doldrums on the trout streams of Northern Michigan.  Deep and regular cool downs have
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River Report - July 7, 2016

It’s a great time to be a fisherman on the trout streams of Northern Michigan. There are many tactics that can work in the weird, little world of fly fishing and right now all of them
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River Report - June 30, 2016

It’s July. Seems like I just woke up yesterday scrutinizing the weather report and thinking about the possibility of an afternoon Hendrickson hatch.  April slipped quickly into M
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River Report - June 23, 2016

Well that was a great week we just had.  The Hex hatched and spun and big fish took notice.  We always see many of the best brown trout of the year during the Hex hatch, but i
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River Report - June 16, 2016

The weather is always a bit crazy in Northern Michigan, but this past week it was downright schizophrenic. I set the furnace at seventy degrees one day in order to keep us warm and then
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River Report - June 9, 2016

I go fishing every day. It’s not some selfish rule or credo.  And it’s not because I’d be a fake in the fly shop if I didn’t, and it’s not for some ego issue; it’s beca
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River Report - June 2, 2016

It’s June and that means one thing above all others in Northern Michigan—it’s time to go fishing.  It’s prime time angling for nearly every fish that swims in our lakes and
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River Report - May 26, 2016

It’s been a great week of fishing for me. Now, granted, I really only get to go after the shop has closed.  And, while that limits me to hitting the stream for the evening rise,
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River Report - May 17, 2016

The caddis KaBoom! happened and the Sulphurs got rolling. The first warm days after a cold spell often make good things happen and the yellow sun did its part to make the yellow bugs ex
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River Report - May 12, 2016

It’s hard to believe we’re already this deep into May. Hendrickson hatches are starting to wane, but there are lots of other bugs filling in the afternoon emergence.  The black
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River Report - May 5, 2016

We’re having a nice, typical Spring here in Northern Michigan. We’ll get a stretch of sunshine that warms the spirit and then a stretch of cool, rainy stuff that greens up the grass
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Fishing Report - April 28, 2016

There’s been some turbulence in the dry fly fishing so far this year. Last week we saw the first fish of the year rising to blue-winged olives and Hendricksons and as each day turned
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River Report - April 21, 2016

The dry fly fishing season is here. It’s not red hot just yet, but it is here.  Olives have hatched nicely for the last week and we’ve had a thin dribble of Hendricksons for a
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Dennis Potter At The Old Au Sable Fly Shop

We're happy to announce that Dennis Potter will be at the shop over the opening weekend.

Below is the schedule on what Dennis will be covering. Make sure to stop by, you'll take
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River Report - April 13, 2016

Finally!  We have a fantastic weather report in front of us.  It’s been a roller coaster ride this Spring but with unseasonably warm temperatures in front of us for the fore
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River Report - April 7, 2016

A month ago the boys and I all sat around a wooden table with chilled beverages in tin cups in the spirit of John Voelker and bellied up a two cent ante about when the first day of Hend
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River Report - April 1, 2016

April first means it’s time to belly-up for a new Michigan fishing license. Cost is eleven dollars for seniors and twenty-six for youngsters.  Kids don’t need a license until t
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River Report - March 18, 2016

There’s a lot to be excited about right now for Northern Michigan fishermen. Unseasonably warm weather this past week largely cleared the landings and river accesses of snow and had a
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River Report - March 10, 2016

It’s one of those years. Or, at least, so it seems.  We’re gonna see a lot of days in the fifties and even approaching sixty in the next ten days.  I’ve heard of sandhil
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River Report - March 2, 2016

You get a nice winter warm up and then Old Man Winter punches your chin with yet another bought of cold temperatures and snow. Welcome to Northern Michigan.

The warm ups are exci
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River Report - February 5, 2016

Another wild weather ride here in Northern Michigan last week kept anglers on their toes. As per the usual around here, the most versatile outdoors folks had the most fun.

Ice an
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River Report - January 28, 2016

When you work in a fly shop, you’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by some real fishy folks and skilled guides. I was lucky enough to fish with two of them this past week on a stee
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River Report - January 15, 2016

Winter has officially arrived in the North woods. There’s a good many inches of snow settled into every swamp an swale and in the snow belt areas the accumulation is about to be measu
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River Report - January 8, 2016

The warm winter continues. Winters these recent years have been like the story of the Three Bears and it’s easy to start feeling like a little, whining Goldilocks—this one’s too c
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